greetings, i have a wooden deck that i can drop down closer to the grade
(lawn) but i would like to get rid of the railings. i would rather add
an extra step down from my patio door and lose the railings. so my
question is at what point are railings not needed? i know to check with
my insurance company but i am still in the planning stages and this is
something i am curious about.
International Residential Code does not require railings when the deck
is 30 inches or less above grade.
I would suggest built in benches or planters along the edge, since
folks don't always pay attention.
I don't know where you live but here in Canada, the National Building
code says that if a deck is 24" above the ground it has to have
railings 36" high, no horizontal members above 4" from the deck and top
rail only all spindles 4" on centre. When the deck is 60" or more
above the ground, the railing must be 42" high. Basically the same
code as a crib for spacing so that a child or baby can not get his head
between the spindles or be able to climb.
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